This house situated on the Galway coast involved sensitive restoration and extension to an existing boathouse which was part of an enclosed 19th century walled garden. The objective was to design a building which respected the historic context and exceptional natural beauty of its setting.
Viewed from the opposite shore the new build is subordinate to the historic stone building but within the Walled Garden it opens out to create a contemporary spacious and light filled house with its own internal courtyard.
The extension is timber frame clad in Accoya timber. All details were carefully designed to produce a crisp modern aesthetic which references and complements the historic masonry building. A defining architectural element of the house is the original masonry wall which runs like a spine through the house with doorways punctured through connecting both sides of the house – the old with the new, the seaward side with the enclosed garden.
The interiors use a considered palette of materials and colours to harmonise with the views, exterior architecture and the client’s preferences to create subtle and restful spaces.